Due to an outbreak of CryptoWall and CryptoLocker in the Nashua area this fall, we have published a Crypto Alert with more information, but here is some basic info you need to know.
#1. What is Ransomware?
Quite simply, ransomware is a form a malware which locks your computer and puts it at ransom. The hacker then demands a sum of money, and if it’s not paid within a certain amount of time, all data is wiped clean from your device. It’s more complicated than it sounds, though. Compared to the average form of malware, it encrypts and locks all the files on your hard drive, making it very difficult to remove. This leads to most victims paying up and giving in to the hacker’s demands, instead of looking for a solution.
#2. What Can Be Done?
First of all, it’s important you know how to avoid this cyber scam. Ransomware spreads through e-mail attachments, infected programs and compromised websites. With that said, don’t open any emails that seem suspicious, and avoid websites that look untrustworthy. However, if you do become a victim, make sure your data has been backed up on a constant basis. You never know what might happen to your computer, and ransomware exploits this. People who don’t have their data on a separate hard drive, will face the consequences and have no option but to pay up. On the other hand, users who’ve backed up their information, will have a better sense of security.
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We have compiled a series of free downloads and links that include educational tools such as:
- Security awareness posters. Hang these in the lunch room and rotate them throughout the year, keep security on peoples mind everyday.
- Educational videos. Many users don’t really understand the role that they play in keeping your network safe, or NOT SO SAFE.
- Whitepapers, handouts and info graphics. More tools to use at company meetings and training sessions.
- Links for free software and tools to keep your users home computers and mobile devices safe.
- General tips and guidelines for safe computing best practices.
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